New Team Members: July

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who joined in July! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Mindi Hinson from MindisCustomCreation says:

Hi all!

I have been creating and designing things for as long as I can remember. It hasn’t been until recently that I found my passion for wood working and signs. I am a wife and mother to four kids and four dogs. To say my house is hectic, is an understatement. The entire process of creating my signs is were I find my peace, my “me” time.

I was excited when I found this group. Not only does it give me a chance to get my work out there, but I get to see al the beautiful items everyone else makes that I may not have seen otherwise.

Thanks for excepting me to the group!

MindisCustomCreation

Patricia from IntricateAccessories says:

Hello!

My name is Patricia and I’m an Intricate Bead Artist & Street Style Knitwear Designer.

I started off by creating knitwear fashion and accessories for myself. As an Intricate Bead Artist, I have created many purses and pieces of art with thousands of tiny Japanese Beads.

Intricate Accessories was opened in March of 2017 and it really has been a positive experience. This year I hope to add some bead accessories.

I found a link to this group in the forums. I’m happy to be a part of this team.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful says:

Hi everyone! This is Gail from QuiltSewPieceful.

So, you can probably guess that I’m a quilter! I have been selling my quilts, pillow, table runners and more for 9 years. Gasp! Time really does seem to fly. My shop slogan is “Quilts for Holidays and Everyday”. I love to make items for holidays, but especially for Christmas. I seem to specialize in Christmas Tree Skirts, but also make lots of table runners, some wall hangings and a few lap quilts.

I discovered quilting over 20 years ago. I wanted a quilt for our king size bed, so I went to a quilt shop. I honestly thought that’s where you bought quilts. I was nearly speechless when I discovered I could make my own, by buying the fabric there, and they would even teach me to do it. I have been hooked ever since. Of course, it would have been a lot cheaper to buy the best quilt that I could find, than to take up quilting, but I have never regretted it!

Years later, I taught quilting classes at that same shop, and even was the shop manager for a number of years.

I sell on Etsy because I just can’t stop buying all the amazing new fabrics I find, and turning those fabrics into quilts.

Thanks for having me on your team.

This pattern is for a Christmas Tree Skirt that I designed.

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Margaret McKee Huey from MargaretandMargaret says:

Hey! I have been designing counted cross stitch designs since 1985! I have quite a few Christmas designs – especially stockings.

Here is one of my best sellers!

MargaretandMargaret

Barbara Hagee from SewTrulyMe says:

Hello! Although my shop says I’ve been open since 2009, I have only been actively selling for two years. There has been so much for me to learn selling on Etsy. The forums and teams are an incredible resource.
There is so much more for me to continue to learn. If I fail to successfully attach a sample listing, my apologies. One more thing to add to the LEARN TO DO list.

As I’ve gotten older, I started transitioning into making making smaller and lighter items. I enjoy the challenge of designing, sewing, and selling mini hats / fascinators.

I look forward to being part of the team. Merry Christmas!

Barbara

SewTrulyMe

Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft says:

My name is Judy and I’ve had my paper crafting shop since 2012, although I’ve been on Etsy since 2009. I previously sold jewelry for my daughter but closed that shop.

I started scrapbooking in 1998 and began selling handmade embellishments on ebay in 2001. I did that for a couple of years, then let it go when the competition started selling mass produced items.

My shop sells mostly handmade cards, but I also sell gift tags and DIY blank tags. My shop was closed from Sept. 2017 to April 1, 2018 while I underwent treatment for breast cancer. I’m healthy now and happy to be back.

PiecesOfMePaperCraft

Bobbie Ann Pimm from PimmCreations says:

Hi everyone! I’m into a little bit of everything. I started painting abstracts and then lamps from wine bottles, night lights, lighted/decorated bottles, jewelry and will be adding some pillow and other decorating accessories and home necessities, too. I mostly focus on Upcyling and Reusing to reduce my personal carbon imprint on the environment. This lamp made from a wine bottle and an acrylic skin represents me perfectly.

PimmCreations

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings  and Mairi from mairidesign

We all have a favorite item that we have in our shop. It could be our favorite because of the process it took to make it, its color or any other reason.

Here, the team share their favorite Holiday item from their shop and tell us why they like it so much.

michael tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says

One of my favorite Xmas items is my Luminaria Bags. They are ceramic clay and have holes in them to let the candle light shine through. I crave out different designs on the bags. One of my favorite designs is the Corrales Old Church. I have several sizes available and over 20 different designs.
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Luminaria Bags

Dianna from HoneyMyrtleStudio says

One of my favourite items is my blue hand dyed cushion cover. It was one of the first items I made using hand dyed fabric that I had done myself.
Blue Throw Pillow

Blue Throw Pillow

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

I love my Harris tweed baubles. They bring the beauty of hand-woven fabric to something purely decorative. Lovely enough to be kept as heirloom pieces.
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Harris tweed Christmas tree decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

Hands down this is my favorite item… This ornament has such a sweet story behind how it came to be… I have lived in my home since I was born and one of my neighbors that had been in her home since before I was born asked me to come down to her home to look at some things 3 years ago in the summer of 2015. She then gave me a piece of a sweater that she said was one of her favorites. It was her sweater many years ago when she was much younger. She said she had reused most of it but had this one side left and she wanted to give it to me as she knew I sewed and asked me to make something so that her favorite sweater could live on. The color reminded me of dirty snow. So I made the dirty snowman out of what was left of her special sweater… I gave one to her to put on her tree. I kept one and gave my daughter one and the rest are for sale… so far a total of 6 are living on in Christmas celebrations. I have one more made and enough to make 2 more beyond that. Then all the sweater will be gone. Sad to say that she passed away in 2016 and her granddaughters came to get me and told me I could have what ever I wanted out of her sewing room… one of the things I got was many buttons that were cut off of garments once the garment was done being used. I now am adding 2 of those buttons to each of the remaining snowmen.
My Dirty Snowman

My Dirty Snowman

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says

My favorite item is this Christmas card featuring Miss Abbie one of our collies on an early morning walk here on the farm just after a fresh snow fall. I was never certain what captured her interest in the trees but I like the feeling and colours of this card.

Entitled Happy Collie Days this one always makes me smile. This image has been featured by The Collie Rescue Network in their calendars and on a note card they use to raise funds.

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Happy COLLIE Days Christmas Card

This “I love cats” handcrafted wooden plaque is my favorite shop item because it declares my love of cats … I consider it to be a customer favorite as well since I have sold several of them to other cat lovers!

I think it’s a great gift idea for the cat lover on a gift list because it’s cute and inexpensive!

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Cat Wall Hanging

Mairi from mairidesign says

These Christmas bauble shaped tree decorations are my favourites because of the gorgeous iridescent glass I used and, also, that others also seem to really like them. I made some for my students and one of them ordered several for her colleagues. Then, my sister and my cousin ordered several each to hang as garlands in their windows. Then, more orders came. It was great! The little beads swing and tinkle in the breeze and add a chic touch to a festive display.
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Christmas Tree Decorations

I love this elegant set with 3 luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck!

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Trendy Soaps Christmas Gift

My favorite is this new card I created last week. I like the simple design and message. It’s warm and inviting and speaks of home.

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Happy Holidays card

I love owls and these whimsical owls on a Christmas stocking are one of my favorites.

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Felt Owl Christmas Stocking

I loved making these waterless snow globes.

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Christmas Snow globes

This was hard! I love Christmas and keep several Christmas items in my shop year ’round, because I think holiday lovers shop whenever the mood hits them. Right now it was between my red-nosed reindeer (I’m also an avid animal lover) and this guy. I guess he won out because he’s a new addition, so I wanted to welcome him.

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Felted Santa Claus

This is my favorite piece for Christmas because it reminds me of ice crystals!

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Herkimer Diamond GF Ring

This ornament is one of my favs. It reminds me so much of growing up in Iowa and going sledding on my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

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Christmas Quilted Ornament

I have so many favorite Christmas items in my shop but this one stands out to me especially since I choose to use the ribbon on a dog collar. We all have that pet who is both naughty and nice which makes this Christmas dog collar even more cute, funny and true to their personality.

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Naughty or Nice Christmas Dog Collar

Wow, hard to choose just one. Don’t you find that when you make something new, it is almost always the favorite – until the next one! Anyway, here is my favorite. I love winter animal pictures, and my DH love penguins. When I saw these delightful guys, I just had to buy them, and I bought lots! Just couldn’t resist. I knew right away that some would be made into pillows. The rest are waiting for inspiration, and time.

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Quilted Pillow Covers